TIM DREW: Making contacts to help juniors

STATISTICS for burglaries at homes in Worthing during February show 16 such offences as having been either attempted or committed, compared with the 23 recorded during the previous month.

Three offences each were reported in Broadwater, Durrington and Tarring, with two in Central ward and one each in Castle, Goring, Marine, Northbrook and Offington.

Six of the affected premises had not been secured, and there were seven instances of attempted or successful forced entry. Eight of the offences took place at night. Two attempts were unsuccessful, although damage was caused to both premises concerned

As in January, access in one instance was gained through a cat flap; elsewhere, the burglar entered via an insecure patio door and, among other things, stole the keys to the victim’s car, which was taken and then set on fire.

On February 25, I represented Worthing Neighbourhood Watch at the well-attended Police Crime and Community Safety Event, which provided a welcome opportunity to network with other organisations whose aims and objectives overlap our own, and with whom we have never worked before.

As mentioned previously, we are aiming at introducing Junior Neighbourhood Watch in Worthing. It has already been successful in Crawley and is aimed at preventing children from becoming either the victims of crime or becoming involved in it. The project focuses on children in Years 5 to 6 (ages 10-11) and takes place as a fun-based after-school “club” over five weeks (an hour per week, each spent on a different topic) with the police in attendance and taking part. Two new contacts made at the event have already expressed interest in collaborating with us.

PCSO Catherine Dines (Gaisford) will be holding a surgery on Thursday, March 14, from 10-11am at the bowling club in Pavilion Road, as will PCSO Elaine Tullett (Marine) between 1-2pm at Worthing Leisure Centre coffee shop the next day.